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Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express [Blu-ray]
(Mike Adams, Scott Nixon, 2006)
Review by Gary Tooze
Television: The Adventure Company (II)
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,652,425,180 bytes
Feature Size: 15,212,900,352 bytes
Video Bitrate: 18.52 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 26th, 2010
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2061 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2061 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), none
• David Suchet on the Orient Express: David Suchet hosts a tour of
the Orient Express and recounts its history (47:01 in HD!)
Description: Traveling from Istanbul to London on the Orient Express, Poirot (David Suchet) must solve the murder of a ruthless businessman. His little grey cells are tested to the limit when the train is trapped by a blizzard in the Serbian mountains. This luscious new adaptation of Dame Christie’s novel was seen on Masterpiece Mystery! in 2010. With Hugh Bonneville, Eileen Atkins, and Barbara Hershey. Includes David Suchet on the Orient Express bonus feature.
Murder on the Orient Express has seen many an incarnation - even a
computer video game. The plot thickens aboard a luxurious train with
Agatha Christie's world-famous detective - the Belgian Hercule Poirot on
the case. He investigates a savage murder with... too many suspects.
Despite the transfer limitations there are some excellent visuals in this version of Murder on the Orient Express including some notable depth - almost immediately visible with Poirot on a barge. Acorn Media do a lot of British TV-to-DVD and this Blu-ray marks a departure from some of the travelogue shows they have already put to 1080P. Detail in close-ups can be impressive but there are some unseemly compression artefacts that pop up. This is only single-layered and purchasers shouldn't expect too much from the video transfer. Technically it is about double that of DVD with a bitrate approaching 20Mbps. This Blu-ray supports the film consistently in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio but contrast is not particularly deft but it is exceptionally clean. It gave me a decent, if unremarkable, presentation.
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Only a 2.0 channel stereo track but it is lossy rendered as a DTS-HD Master at 2061 Kbps. This version of Murder on the Orient Express does not have much aggressive audio but dialogue is very clear and seems a solid representation of the production intent with surprising depth in a few instances. There are optional English subtitles (and burned-in for one instance of Poirot speaking French) and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Actor David Suchet, still resembling Poirot to some degree, hosts a tour of the Orient Express and recounts its history for almost 50-minutes in HD. I had some interest but overall it is not particularly compelling. There is also some fluffier supplements including '120 years with Agatha Christie', a list of Poirot books and some further text cast filmographies.
October 18th, 2010
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze